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Home Depot and Target Breaches Exploited Old WinXP Flaw - OUCH.

September 26th, 2014

The massive security breaches and theft of credit card information at The Home Depot and Target have something in common. They were both allowed by a vulnerability in XP embedded that was more than 10 years old!

The XP embedded, used in their POS systems, (yes, both definitions apply) was Win XPe SP3, which is not the last version of the XP-based embedded OSen. This whole disaster could have been avoided if Target and Home Depot upgraded to Win7 for Embedded Systems. OUCH. Internal IT security people knew about this and told their friends and relatives to pay cash at Home Depot.

Specific malware created for embedded XP systems reared its ugly head in the middle of the last decade. They use a technique called "RAM scraping", as WinXP has relatively weak memory access protection. Win 7's memory protection is much better.

This means that once malicious code is inside the XP box, it can pretty much do what it wants. RAM scraping is how hackers stole credit card data from TJ Maxx stores, Office Max, Barnes & Noble, Sports Authority and several more.

Moral of the story? Despite brutal economies, increased worldwide competition, and demanding shareholders that only look at short-term quarterly numbers, skimping on IT security budgets is a Really Bad Idea. And oh, using whitelisting software on those XP-based POS machines would also have prevented this type of attack. Incredible, no? More technical detail at the dailytech site:
http://www.dailytech.com/Appalling+Negligence+DecadeOld+Windows+XPe+Holes+Led+to+Home+Depot+Hack/article36517.htm

And as expected, cyber thieves are now raiding bank accounts via stolen Home Depot data, and there is a spike in PIN debit card fraud. The fact that it is still possible to use customer service or an automated system to change someone else’s PIN with just the cardholder’s Social Security number, birthday and the expiration date of their stolen card is "remarkable", to say the least. Brian Krebs explains how this is done:
http://krebsonsecurity.com/2014/09/in-wake-of-confirmed-breach-at-home-depot-banks-see-spike-in-pin-debit-card-fraud/

From: http://blog.knowbe4.com/bid/397078/CyberheistNews-Vol-4-38-Home-Depot-Target-Breaches-Exploited-Old-WinXP


Winner of the Chromebook 14!

June 27th, 2014

Jeana Rottman is the winner of the raffle to raise money for the American Cancer Society! Jeana won a HP Chrome Book with all the proceeds from the raffle going to the American Cancer Society.  

 

 


Vervocity Interactive

June 23rd, 2014

Did you know that the Web Team has branched from ETC ComputerLand and is now called Vervocity Interactive!

Make sure you take a look at our Facebook page and "like" our page to become a friend, then share the post to help spread the word!

We've been at this internet, website, thing for a long time. Same great development, design, and service just a little spruced up. Here's a little background. We used to be called "ETC ComputerLand - Web Design & Programming Team". In Januray 2014 we became our own entity to allow for more focus on the services that we offer. We build custom websites - design and CMS. Custom website applications is one of our specialities. And our newest love is native mobile apps. Let us build something interactive for you.


Win a Chromebook 14!

May 20th, 2014

ETC ComputerLand employees will be selling raffle tickets for a chance to win a HP Chromebook (suggested retail value of $524). Tickets will be on sale May 20th, 2014 through June 27th, 2014 where the winner will be drawn at our annual gathering at the Blues In the district.  Raffle tickets are on sale for:

1 ticket - $5.00

3 tickets - $10.00

GET YOURS TODAY & HELP US RAISE MONEY FOR THE AMERICAN CANCER SOCIETY!

* All proceeds will be donated to the American Cancer Society

 

 

 

 

 

 


Website for Clinical Delivery Systems goes live.

March 13th, 2014

ETC ComputerLand recently launched a new website for Clinical Delivery Systems. The new website was developed on a WordPress platform. WordPress offers our clients an affordable website solution with complete administration capabilities to make updates quickly and effortlessly. Click here to check it out. 

Give us a call at 217.228.6180 if you are looking for a new website! 


Monmouth Chamber of Commerce website goes live.

March 10th, 2014

ETC ComputerLand recently launched a new website for Monmouth Chamber of Commerce. The new website was developed on a WordPress platform. WordPress offers our clients an affordable website solution with complete administration capabilities to make updates quickly and effortlessly. Click here to check it out. Give us a call at 217.228.6180 if you are looking for a new website! 


A new website for Air Mac goes live.

February 18th, 2014

ETC ComputerLand recently launched a new website for the Air Mac of Dallas, Texas and Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. The new website was developed on a WordPress platform. WordPress offers our clients an affordable website solution with complete administration capabilities to make updates quickly and effortlessly. Click here to check it out. Air Mac

Give us a call at 217.228.6180 if you are looking for a new website!  


Mercer County Family Crisis Center website goes live.

February 11th, 2014

ETC ComputerLand recently launched a new website for Mercer County Family Crisis Center went live this week. The new website was developed on a WordPress platform. WordPress offers our clients an affordable website solution with complete administration capabilities to make updates quickly and effortlessly. Click here to check it out. Mercer County Family Crisis Center

Give us a call at 217.228.6180 if you are looking for a new website! 


A new website for The Sod Buster Classic went live this week.

January 3rd, 2014

ETC ComputerLand recently launched a new website for the Sod Buster Classic. The new website was developed on a WordPress platform. WordPress offers our clients an affordable website solution with complete administration capabilities to make updates quickly and effortlessly. Click here to check it out. www.sodbusterclassic.com/

 

Give us a call at 217.228.6180 if you are looking for a new website!

 


David Skinner, Sales Consultant at ETC ComputerLand, receives his VSP Certification.

January 1st, 2014

David Skinner, Sales Consultant at ETC ComputerLand, has received his accreditation as a VMware Sales Professional.  This accreditation assures the consultant has the knowledge and skill necessary to understand its products and sell appropriate solutions.  Consultants must maintain pace with virtualization technologies and ensure they understand the proper products and solutions to best meet clients' needs within the ever-changing technology industry landscape.  David has been with ETC ComputerLand for six years.


A new website for the Waterloo Chamber of Commerce launched this week.

November 22nd, 2013

ETC ComputerLand recently launched a new website for the Waterloo, Illinois Chamber of Commerce. The new website was developed on a WordPress platform. WordPress offers our clients an affordable website solution with complete administration capabilities to make updates quickly and effortlessly. Click here to check it out. http://www.enjoywaterloo.com/

 

 

Give us a call at 217.228.6180 if you are looking for a new website!

 


Colin Stegeman receives his CompTia Network+ certification.

November 6th, 2013

Colin Stegeman, ETC ComputerLand support technician, has achieved his CompTIA Network+ certification.  This certification assures Stegeman has the ability as a networking technician to install, maintain, troubleshoot, and support a network, and understand various aspects of networking technologies, including TCP/IP and the OSI model. It also confirms his knowledge of network components and where they function in association with the OSI model, network cabling, network security, and network troubleshooting.


A new website for Ursa Major Stencils goes live!

October 23rd, 2013

ETC ComputerLand recently launched a new website for Ursa Major Stencils. The new website was developed on a WordPress platform. WordPress offers our clients an affordable website solution with complete administration capabilities to make updates quickly and effortlessly. Click here to check it out.   http://ursamajorstencils.com/

 

Give us a call at 217.228.6180 if you are looking for a new website!

 

 


A new website for Tranquility Med Spa went live this week.

October 21st, 2013

ETC ComputerLand recently launched a new website for Tranquility Med Spa. The new website was developed on a WordPress platform. WordPress offers our clients an affordable website solution with complete administration capabilities to make updates quickly and effortlessly. Click here to check it out.  http://www.tranquility-medspa.com


A new website for Compressed Air of California went live this week.

September 16th, 2013

ETC ComputerLand recently launched a new website for Compressed Air of California. The new website was developed on a WordPress platform. WordPress offers our clients an affordable website solution with complete administration capabilities to make updates quickly and effortlessly. Click here to check it out.http://www.compressedairofca.com/

 

 

 Give us a call at 217.228.6180 if you are looking for a new website!

 

 


Colin Stegeman receives his CompTia A+ certification.

September 13th, 2013

Colin Stegeman, a support technician with ETC ComputerLand, has successfully completed the tests necessary for CompTIA A+ certification.  This certification assures that as an A+ technician, Stegeman understands the fundamentals of computer technology, networking, security, and has gained the skills required to identify hardware, peripherals, networking, and security components.  It also enables him to install, configure, troubleshoot, upgrade, and maintain PC workstations, the Windows OS and SOHO networks.

 


Website for Printy Funeral Home Goes live!

September 12th, 2013

ETC ComputerLand recently launched a new website for Printy Funeral Home in Carthage, IL. The new website was developed on a WordPress platform. WordPress offers our clients an affordable website solution with complete administration capabilities to make updates quickly and effortlessly. Click here to check it out. http://www.printyfuneralhome.com

 

Give us a call at 217.228.6180 if you are looking for a new website!

 


New website for T.F. Ehrhart Company goes live.

September 9th, 2013

A new website for TF Ehrhart went live this week, http://www.tfehrhart.com


Missouri Vinyl Products new website goes live.

August 23rd, 2013

ETC ComputerLand recently went live with a new website for Missouri Vinyl Products. The website uses a WordPress template that was slightly customized to meet the customers needs. Check out the site at, http://www.movinyl.com/ 

If you are in need of a website or a redesign of your old website, give us a call at 217. 228.6180.

 


Josh Bixler receives his Zend PHP 5.3 Certification.

August 7th, 2013

Josh Bixler recently passed the Zend PHP 5.3 Certification Exam. ETC ComputerLand now has 5 Zend PHP Certified developers on staff. ETC ComputerLand utilizes the PHP web programming language to develop custom website and programming solutions for our clients.


Ben Poland joins the ETC ComputerLand Team!

July 8th, 2013

We welcome Ben Poland to the ETC ComputerLand team as a Web Developer. 


Ray "Skeeter" Whittaker joins ETC ComputerLand!

May 28th, 2013

Ray "Skeeter Whittaker" joins the ETC ComputerLand team as a Support Specialist. 


Paul Luhn Joins the ETC ComputerLand team!

May 1st, 2013

We welcome Paul Luhn to ETC ComputerLand as a Systems Consultant. 


Tom Mason joins ETC ComputerLand team.

April 15th, 2013

We welcome Tom Mason to the ETC ComputerLand team! Tom joined ETC ComputerLand as a Network Engineer in April, 2013.


Riley Rhoades joins ETC ComputerLand team.

April 11th, 2013

Riley Rhoades joined the ETC ComputerLand team as a service technicial April 11th, 2013.  Welcome to the ETC ComputerLand team Riley!